ZOTAC GAMING announces the first-ever World of Warships Bundle for Indian Market

ZOTAC, a global manufacturer of innovation, performance, and technology, has announced the launch of the first-ever India Bundle for World of Warships (WoWS), the hugely popular naval-warfare themed MMO from Wargaming. Launched under the ZOTAC GAMING umbrella, ZOTAC’s gamer-focused movement, the bundle will give Indian players on the World of Warships platform access to incredible value bundles featuring NVIDIA GPUs from the ZOTAC portfolio.

The special India bundle is available with all new purchases of the GT and GTX range of ZOTAC Gaming GPUs on both retail and e-commerce channels. Buyers will need to sign up for a new account on www.warships.in to receive a code that they can then use to unlock a host of exciting WoWS benefits up to INR 2,250. Customers will also have access to ZOTAC’s comprehensive five-year extended warranty once they register the product online.

BUNDLE DETAILS

GPUs Included in Bundle INR Value (Bundle)
GT 730, 1030 Ships: Aurora, Campbeltown

Ship Captains: 2×10 Point

Premium Doubloons: 600

In-game Credits: 10,00,000

Port Slots : 5 Total

Camo: 25x Brilliant Ray

Flags: 25x Economy Flags

WoWS Premium Account: 7 Days

INR 1,000
GTX 1050 Ti, GTX 1650 Ships: Yūbari, König Albert, Campbeltown

Ship Captains: 3×10 Point

Premium Doubloons: 1,500

In-game Credits: 15,00,000

Port Slots : 6 Total

Camo: 40x Brilliant Ray

Flags: 40x Economy Flags

WoWS Premium Account: 30 Days

INR 1,700
GTX 1660, GTX 1660 Ti Ships: Yūbari, König Albert, Marblehead

Ship Captains: 3×10 Point

Premium Doubloons: 2,400

In Game Credits: 25,00,000

Port Slots : 6 Total

Camo: 80x Brilliant Ray

Flags: 80x Economy Flags

WoWS Premium Account: 30 Days

INR 2,250

Speaking about ZOTAC’s commitment to drive value for customers across the spectrum, Deepak Gupta, Country Head – Southeast Asia, ZOTAC Technology, said, “ZOTAC has been the market leader in India for several years now, and I am very excited to be able to offer our fans and customers an exclusive India only bundle for the first time by teaming up with a publisher like Wargaming for World of Warships. The nature of the game allows us to drive extreme value to even our entry-level customers for the first time with GT 730, GT 1030 and GTX 1050Ti cards also a part of this exclusive offer!”

The bundle announcement comes on the back of Wargaming’s India relaunch of WoWS where the company launched India-specific content for the iconic war-based free to play MMO title. In addition to the content launch, the company also announced partnerships with leading players in the Indian gaming industry, including ZOTAC, ACT Fibernet, ANT Esports, and LG.

Addressing the importance of key partnerships to their India market strategy, Rajeev Girdhar, Regional Publishing Director for World of Warships and India Operations Lead, stated, “Our India expansion was always about reaching out to the players and working with the right partners in India. ZOTAC is the perfect fit for us, and we’re very excited to be offering these customized experiences to our Indian audience. We see the exponentially growing appetite for immersive gaming in the country getting even bigger, and that’s great news for new genres. Our belief that this is a substantial market set to explode has led us to build and develop a whole new range of immersive content that augments the already exceptional gameplay World of Warships has to offer.”

In just four years since launch, WoWS has added over 30 million registered players to its platform, drawn to the game by its attention to detail and focus on history, military, and engineering enthusiasts. One of the most successful games in this genre on the planet, WoWS is also the perfect game for entry-level GPUs, like those in the ZOTAC bundle, playable at 1080p on high graphic settings, a fact that is sure to add to the game’s already fervent following.

GeForce Cup Esports Competition to Kick Off in Asia’s Largest iCafe Network

GeForce Cup, the pinnacle of NVIDIA-owned esports competitions, will kick off next month in GeForce®-certified iCafes across the Asia-Pacific region.

NVIDIA launched the first GeForce-certified iCafe in 2015 to deliver the ultimate GeForce gaming experience to iCafe customers. Since 2018, the number of GeForce-certified iCafes in operation has doubled to 1,000, with recently opened iCafes spread across Australia, Cambodia, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, the Philippines, South Korea and Vietnam.

RTX. IT’S ON.

Following the launch of the GeForce RTX 20-series GPUs, Platinum-certified iCafes are converting to GeForce. Powered by the new NVIDIA® Turing™ GPU architecture and the revolutionary NVIDIA RTX™ platform, RTX graphics cards bring together real-time ray tracing, artificial intelligence and programmable shading – enabling a whole new gaming experience. Numerous GeForce-certified iCafes in Australia, Korea, Taiwan and Vietnam have already added the latest GeForce RTX GPUs to their armory.

GeForce Cup Pacific Starts in October

GeForce Cup Pacific by NVIDIA and Colorful will kick off in October and feature Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (CS:GO) battles in Australia, Cambodia, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, New Zealand, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam. As the successor to the highly popular GeForce Xtreme Tournament (GEXT), GeForce Cup Pacific is expected to draw thousands of gamers from the region, with winners taking home more than US$20,000 in prizes from the regional finals in January, 2020.

“The stunning growth of the number of GeForce-certified iCafes is a reflection of the vibrancy of the gaming community and the ultimate PC experience that gamers enjoy with NVIDIA GeForce GPUs in Asia,” said Raymond Teh, vice president of sales and marketing for APAC at NVIDIA. “GeForce Cup Pacific will take regional gamers to another level. The tournament will be streamed live to allow gamers and esports enthusiasts around the world to follow the development online.”

“The cooperation with Colorful and NVIDIA in 2018 was a great success and Colorful is thrilled to join GeForce Cup again in 2019.  We dedicate to build a great platform for esports qualifiers, to help them become professional esports players and win pride and honor. On behalf of Colorful Group, I give my best wishes to GeForce Cup to achieve success again in 2019!” said Mr. Wan Shan, CEO of Colorful Technology.

NVIDIA and CDPR Partner Up To Bring Ray Tracing To Cyberpunk 2077

NVIDIA and CD PROJEKT RED today announced that NVIDIA® GeForce RTX™ is an official technology partner for Cyberpunk 2077 and that the companies are working together to bring real-time ray tracing to the game.

Cyberpunk 2077 won over 100 awards at E3 2018 and Gamespot calls it “one of the most anticipated games of the decade.” The game is the next project from CD PROJEKT RED, makers of the highly acclaimed The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, which has won numerous “Game of the Year” awards. NVIDIA and CD PROJEKT RED have a long history of technology collaboration that spans more than a decade.

Cyberpunk 2077 is an incredibly ambitious game, mixing first-person perspective and deep role-playing, while also creating an intricate and immersive world in which to tell its story,” said Matt Wuebbling, head of GeForce marketing at NVIDIA. “We think the world of Cyberpunk will greatly benefit from the realistic lighting that ray tracing delivers.”

Ray tracing is the advanced graphics technique used to give movies their ultra-realistic visual effects. NVIDIA GeForce RTX GPUs contain specialized processor cores designed specifically to accelerate ray tracing so the visual effects in games can be rendered in real time. 

“Ray tracing allows us to realistically portray how light behaves in a crowded urban environment,” says Adam Badowski, head of Studio at CD PROJEKT RED. “Thanks to this technology, we can add another layer of depth and verticality to the already impressive megacity the game takes place in.”

Cyberpunk 2077 is an open-world, action-adventure story set in Night City, a megalopolis obsessed with power, glamour and body modification. You play as V, a mercenary outlaw going after a one-of-a-kind implant that is the key to immortality. You can customize your character’s cyberware, skillset and playstyle, and explore a vast city where the choices you make shape the story and the world around you. 

E3 attendees will get a firsthand look at Cyberpunk 2077 at booth 1023 in the South Hall of the Los Angeles Convention Center. More details, as well as exclusive 4K screenshots featuring real-time ray tracing on PC, are available at www.nvidia.com.

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New Pokemon Game to be Revealed Today?

Way back at E3 2017, Nintendo teased the fact that a mainline Pokemon game was in the works for the Nintendo Switch with a release of 2018 or later. Well, that later might just be very soon.

Nintendo is hosting a Pokemon Direct today at 7:30PM IST/ 6AM PT which is going to be just 7 minutes long. It’s been a while since Pokemon: Lets Go Pikachu and Eevee have been out so our bet is on the fact that it is a small glimpse of the upcoming 8th Generation Pokemon game.

Earlier in 2018, The Pokemon Company had stated that “The next introduction for the popular core RPG series would arrive in late 2019 on the Nintendo Switch”.

There are multiple reasons to be excited about this upcoming title. First of all, it’s going to be a brand new generation of Pokemon which means more new Pokemon to fall in love with and also despise. The second reason is that they’re going to surprise us with new mechanics according to Nintendo Magazine.

Translated:
“After a lifetime associated with portable consoles, the canonical Pokémon will take the leap to a home console with its eighth generation. Game Freak and The Pokémon Company are rethinking the saga to surprise with new mechanics, either in 2018 or later.”

However, the main reason to be excited is because of this statement by
Pokémon Company CEO Tsunekazu Ishihara:
“We want to make Pokémon fans say ‘this is what I’ve been waiting for’ by delivering a brand-new product packed with gameplay elements and plenty of new Pokémon to encounter.”

This also means that they will be pushing the visuals and the way the game is presented thanks to the move from weaker handheld devices to the Switch so maybe we could see an open world third person game like we always wanted similar to the style of The Legend of Zelda: Breath of The Wild.

“It is not an entry game, but a game that we want longtime fans of the Pokémon series to look forward to.”

As a long time fan of the series, its good to see that they’re acknowledging the players who have been playing since the days of Red and Blue and want to make a game that will appeal to them while also evolving the Pokemon formula.

Another thing to keep an out on is the addition of some sort of co-op play. Ishihara-san said “Until now, games were made as one for one person, but now you can go home and play with everyone — so how do we tackle these themes, and how do we make sure it’s not complicated?”

So maybe we could get a 2 player Pokemon game where you share the same world as your sibling/friend and they could replace your in-game rival. They might also bring the Pokemon Bank to the Switch so that you can transfer your Pokemon from the Sun and Moon and, Lets Go Pikachu and Eevee titles to the new game. At least this way your Pokemon won’t be lost to the sands of time.

Or maybe they’ll just announce an HD remake of Detective Pikachu with Ryan Reynolds voicing Pikachu as a tie-in with the film. Thankfully, it’s only a few hours away so Nintendo please, show us some of that Gen 8 goodness.

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Tetris 99 Has Made the Tetris Battle Royale Meme Reality

Battle Royale games are everywhere and after everybody joked ” What game is next? Tetris?” The mad folks at Nintendo actually went ahead and did it with Tetris 99.

This game isn’t a cheap rip-off or anything but is an actual certified Tetris game that is exclusive to the Nintendo Switch but only for those who are Nintendo Switch Online members.

The game is free for Switch Online Members and pits you against 98 other players in an attempt to see who is the one true Tetris God. You can mess with your opponents by sending them Garbage Blocks but the same goes for you so it’s a very risky affair.

Defeating other players will give you KO Badges which will give you an advantage for future attacks so you’ll want to be a little aggressive just to stay safe.

Tetris is one of my all time favourite games and it’s a game that is so simple yet so complex and this battle royale mode makes it so much more competitive that might just bring this game back in the limelight even though it has been a constant for a lot of people.

It sucks that the game is exclusive to the Nintendo Switch because I’d love to see this game on other platforms, maybe even with a bit cross-platform, this game could have a pretty long life. But hey, Nintendo has made this meme real and it’s actually pretty good and looks like a lot of fun.

Tetris 99 is out now on the Nintendo Switch and is available for free and exclusively to Nintendo Switch Online members.

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The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening Announced for Switch

The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening has been announced for the Nintendo Switch and is set to release in 2019.

The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening for the Switch is a remake of the 1993 Gameboy title that is considered to be one of the best titles in the series. The game takes place after the events of The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past, another fantastic title.

This is also one of few games that take place outside of Hyrule itself and doesn’t include Princess Zelda or any of the regular main characters of the series, including those that were present in A Link to the Past.

For the Nintendo Switch, the game has been giving similar visual treatment like A Link Between Worlds on the Nintendo 3DS but even more visually improved. The game has a very cute aesthetic that makes you feel like it is one of those old claymation videos that used to play on TV when you were a kid.

The lighting also looks really gorgeous along with bright, saturated colours and a slight depth of field effect giving it a tilt-shifted look. The music in trailer perfectly complimented the visuals with a very upbeat and a somewhat tropical rendition of the very famous “Overworld Theme” which has become the main theme for the series.

After recently finishing The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, I wanted to play some of the older titles and this announcement came at the perfect time. While there’s no fixed release date, the game will release in 2019 and I’m extremely excited to get my hands on this game.

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Rage 2 Cheats and Progress Booster Not Exclusive To Collector’s Edition

Yesterday, we wrote about how Rage 2’s Collector Edition featured Cheat Codes and Progress Boosters as exclusively part of it which made us a little cautious but turns out that isn’t really the case.

Thankfully, the devs have come out and confirmed that these items will be available in-game and will not cost you real life money in a reply to Laymen Gaming on Twitter. They went on to state that it will use in-game currency so you won’t need any microtransaction based currency to obtain them.

They further go on to explain that the cheat codes will be available from an NPC called the Wasteland Wizard and won’t require you to spend any “real word $$$”. Laymen Gaming further asked them a question that was on my mind, which was whether or not the cheat codes will be available to those with just the base game.

Yet again, the developers were quick to respond and let everybody know that it will be made available through normal gameplay. This means that those with the normal version won’t have to grind just to get the cheats but will have to play the game casually to get them.


It would have been better if they clarified this when posting what was part of the Collector’s Edition to differentiate between what was exclusive to that edition and what could be obtained in-game by playing it regularly.

But since this was brought to light, it’s good to see that they were quick to respond to concerns and don’t have it as part of some sort of microtransaction based service. Microtransactions in singleplayer games always irk me out and I’m glad that this game doesn’t seem to have it, as of now at least.

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Rage 2 Collector’s Edition Features Cheat Codes and a Progress Booster Among Other Things

Rage 2’s Collector’s Edition is up for preorder and it comes with a lot of different physical and digital items including Cheat Codes.

One of the promised items as part of the Digital Content is “Wasteland Wizard Cheat Codes” . While the description does have the word “Cheat Codes” in double quotes, we’re not sure if its an actual cheat code or just items that will basically turn you into a God.

There’s also a “Progress Booster”. If you can’t figure out what it does by the name let me help you. It increases the rate at which you progress and gain XP for the most part. Assassin’s Creed Odyssey had this which was a bit of grind-fest towards the ends game and this makes me cautious about the game.

The Collector’s Edition does come with a cool mount of a talking mutant head, a steelbook and a poster along with pretty much what you’d expect in terms of digital content with Missions and Skins/Items, including the BFG from DOOM.

But why add Cheat Codes and a Progress Booster? I can understand selling the progress booster to help folks who don’t have the time to play the game gain experience quicker to attain cool powers but why sell it if you also have cheat codes in the game that you’re also selling as part of the Collector’s Edition?

Why even make cheat codes, something that has been a staple of singleplayer game for ages, a feature that is specifically available only for those who bought a “Special Edition” of the game. Unless your game is a tedious and boring grindfest, why even sell a Progress Booster? Cheat Codes being available for everyone should be enough assistance for those who want to boost their progress.

This increasing trend of selling “cheat codes” and “progress boosters” isn’t one that I like and seeing it always makes me very cautious about the game itself. I have been pretty excited about Rage 2 because of how fun it looks but if it will be a tedious effort just to get the fun elements of the game then it will be a damn shame. I hope the game isn’t what this makes it seem like and is not a boring grind.

What do you think about such things being part of a “Special Edition”. Let us know your thoughts by commenting below. Rage 2 release on 14th May for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC.

Link to the Collector’s Edition.

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System Shock 3 Rights Sold Back By Starbreeze

The publishing rights to System Shock 3 have been sold back to OtherSide Entertainment by Starbreeze Studios.

Starbreeze is looking to getting fully reimbursed for selling back the rights to the developers who had originally sold it to them in hopes of being able to produce more games of the franchise if System Shock 3 sold well.

Starbreeze has hit hard times lately and this looks like a way for them to gain back some of their capital to pay off the debts that they are currently in. While System Shock 3 is being look forward to by a lot of fans from the original series, it is a risk and with Starbreeze currently in a rough place, it makes sense.

System Shock 3 was originally teased in December 2015 but not much information has come out since about the game. There are a few images of the concept art but that’s about it and nothing much is known about the game besides that it will be a direct sequel to System Shock 2.

Starbreeze seem to be in trouble and that means so is Payday 3. While the game has been in development for a while, the recent changes at Starbreeze along with the problems that they’re currently facing could spell doubt for the beloved Payday series.

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Axiom Verge Now Free On Epic Games Store

Axiom Verge is now available for free on the Epic Games Store for a week. However, there have been reports of a couple of issues regarding it.

Multiple users have reported that they are unable to redeem the game because the game does not show up as free during checkout but that issue seems to be fixed since then as there was an issue with the game becoming free on all regions.

Another issue that was reported was that the game kept crashing when loading into a new area. After a bit of by poking around by Scott LaGrasta, it turns out the game was missing a sound effect by the name of “steam”. The log file also showed that the game crashed because it was missing “Steam.xnb

This was confirmed by Tom Happ, the man behind Axiom Verge who removed all of Valve’s DLLs by removing all the files with the name “Steam” in them. It’s been fixed with an update and all is good now but this brought to attention something.

The lack of a support forum meant users were seeking help on the Steam Forum for the game. But thanks to folks using Twitter and Steam, this issue was brought to the attention of the developer but this just shows how far behind the Epic Games Store is in terms of quality of life features.

The game is now fixed and totally playable. It’s a Metroidvania game that has a great soundtrack and good gameplay and is absolutely worth checking out. Click here to go to the store page to claim the game for your account.

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